Buying a used Renault Espace is similar to watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon
Buying a used Renault Espace is similar to watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon, Roland Amundsen conquer the north-west passage, and licking the first penny black postage stamp. This is because all these events were firsts – and in the eighties Renault was first to launch a multi-purpose vehicle.Since then, the Espace has been heavily revised to become the fourth generation vehicle we see today. The current model is very large, particularly the long-wheelbase Grand Espace, so it has more interior space than a medieval cathedral. This means seven people can cruise along in comfort, and there is still enough boot capacity for a generous pile of explorers' memorabilia. Storage space can be increased to 2,860 litres by removing the seats which also slide, swivel, and tilt in numerous directions. The Espace is available with a wide range of engines. These include the 2.0-litre 128bhp diesel unit that propels the Espace to 60mph in 13.1 seconds, and returns a respectable combined average of 39mpg. Alternatively, those happy to spend a little more - okay a lot more - on fuel can choose the mighty 3.5-litre V6. This 245bhp petrol model only averages 23mpg, but it compensates power hungry motorists by rocketing to 60mph in 7.8 seconds. Despite being first on the multi-purpose scene in 1984, the Espace is by no means perfect. Its sheer bulk can make manoeuvring tricky and it does not feel as robust as some 'Johnny come lately' rivals. That said, the Espace has numerous other qualities such as decent handling, generous equipment, and reassuring safety features. So, what does all this cost? Motoring.co.uk's used car database reveals five year old examples of the used Renault Espace start from £7,500.